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Social Security Fairness Act of 2009: A Look at the Committee on Ways and Means

capitolIf you have been following our blog, we have been watching the Social Security Disability Fairness Act of 2009 closely in an effort to keep you up-to-date with its progress through the US Congress.

We’ll start off with this bit of news before we get into the overview of the Ways & Means committee. As of July 12th, 2009 the Social Security Fairness Act of 2009, which was sponsored by North Carolina Representative Mike McIntyre, has been co-sponsored by Madeleine Bordallo (Guam), Sam Farr (CA) and Betty Sutton (OH).

While this is far from a new development, the bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Ways & Means. Today we are going to give you a look at the committee and some of the members within it.

The 41 member committee is chaired by New York ‘s District 15 Representative Charles Rangle. Bob Etheridge, North Carolina’s 2nd District Representative, also holds a seat on this committee. North Carolina’s 2nd District covers the area shown below:

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Within the Ways & Means committee there is a subcommittee whose assignment is to review everything concerning Social Security. The subcommittee is chaired by Tennessee Representative John Tanner. The official wording of the subcommittee is as follows via the Ways & Means official website:

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Social Security shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to the Federal Old-Age, Survivors’ and Disability Insurance System, the Railroad Retirement System, and employment taxes and trust fund operations relating to those systems. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Social Security shall include bills and matters involving title II of the Social Security Act and Chapter 22 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Railroad Retirement Tax Act), as well as provisions in title VII and title XI of the Act relating to procedure and administration involving the Old-Age, Survivors’ and Disability Insurance System.

The full Social Security subcommittee members are as follows:

JOHN S. TANNER, Tennessee, Chairman
EARL POMEROY, North Dakota
ALLYSON Y. SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania
XAVIER BECERRA, California
LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas
RON KIND, Wisconsin
JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York
LINDA T. SÁNCHEZ, California
JOHN A. YARMUTH, Kentucky
SAM JOHNSON, Texas, Ranking Member
KEVIN BRADY, Texas
PATRICK J. TIBERI, Ohio
GINNY BROWN-WAITE, Florida
DAVID G. REICHERT, Washington

The full committee also has subcommittees on Trade, Oversight, Health, Income Security and Family Support and Select Revenue Measures. A list of the full 41 person Ways & Means committee can be found HERE.

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